• Jan
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Icy Roads and Car Accidents: How to Drive Safely

    Car accidents can happen at any time and under any circumstances, but when the roads are covered with ice, the need to drive with care becomes obvious. Our top suggestion for staying safe when the roads are icy is simple: stay home. But if you have no choice but to get behind the wheel when the roads are slick, following these tips will go a long way towards keeping you safe.

    • Slow down – When ice and snow are on the ground, the most important thing you can do is take your foot off of the gas. It doesn’t matter how experienced a driver you are, the faster you go, the easier it is to lose control of your vehicle. It is far more important for you to pay attention to how your vehicle is responding, how other drivers are driving and whether your brakes are engaging then driving at the posted speed limit. Slowing down is the smartest thing you can do, and failing to do so is one of the best ways to end up sliding or being unable to stop.
    • No matter how good a driver you are, lower your level of self-confidence – The drivers who end up with their car in a ditch, sliding sideways or crashing into another vehicle are all-too-often the ones who shrug off winter driving conditions because they think that their skills are so superior or their vehicles are so well equipped. If you really think that experience makes you invulnerable to the dangers of ice, just watch news reports showing professional truck drivers sliding sideways across highways. You may think you can handle black ice or other dangers, but chances are you can’t.
    • Be prepared – One of the most common causes of car accidents is drivers being unaware that there was rough weather ahead. If you make it a habit to watch the weather forecast you will be able to adjust travel plans to avoid the most dangerous driving conditions. You can also make sure that your car has the appropriate equipment for digging out of snow and ice.
    • Ignore your instincts – This sounds strange, but your natural tendency when sliding is to step on the brakes and turn your wheel in the opposite direction of your slide. If you apply your brakes on ice there’s a good chance you’ll make your slide worse, and when you’re fishtailing or sliding, you’ll feel like you should turn your wheel in the wrong direction, or overcorrecting.

    If you’ve been in a car accident on icy roads, having a strong advocate on your side is essential. Contact our office today to learn how we can help.

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